“After the first shot, the dog is captured by the animal control officer on the catch pole. But, after it is captured, a police officer fires four more shots at Chloe, killing the dog.” I don’t need to describe much more because it’s all on video.
However, in an unbelievable turn of events, the officer who killed this particular dog is actually being tried for a crime! He faces charges for animal cruelty. Why? Because of the video included above. The police department had initially avoided any responsibility. However, once this video was posted to the Internet, people reacted in shock.
“This video came out and changed things,” said Animal Lew Center lawyer Jennifer Edwards. She says that this case is a “turning point in animal law.”
I couldn’t find a photo for this pooch, but this has got to be the worst story I’ve heard yet. I am going to just except the first three paragraphs of the LA Times article about it, because I don’t think I have the strength to write about it myself:
In a case that has shocked Arizona animal activists, prosecutors have decided not to charge a Flagstaff police officer who in a gruesome incident this summer used his baton, boot and a cable to kill an injured dog after a fellow officer accidentally hit the animal with his car.
In August, Cpl. John Tewes was called after another officer hit a loose dog with his car about 2:30 a.m. Tewes and the other officer decided the dog needed to be euthanized, but Tewes was concerned about using his gun in the neighborhood.
Prosecutors said Tewes repeatedly tried to bludgeon the dog to death, but it didn’t die. He then tried to jump on the dog’s head and cave in its skull, but that too failed to kill the animal. Eventually, after some 20 to 30 minutes of trying to kill the dog, Tewes used a hobble, which is like a metal cable, to try to strangle the dog. It took several tries before the dog died.
The officer later resigned. I think this is going to have to be my last update today. Simply too depressing to continue reading about this. Please share this, and other articles, with friends and family. This will help affect change, and hopefully stuff like this will stop happening, or at least stop happening as often.
Neighbor Lori Walmsley saw everything: she called her neighbor’s dog, Scout, over to play, and then Scout ran back into his own yard. A police officer showed up. He asked if the dog was hers. “No,” she said, but she assured him Scout wasn’t dangerous.
The officer began to try and catch the dog, whistling and saying, “Come here, pup.” He eventually cornered the dog. That’s when Walmsley heard the shots. The dog’s owner ran out and screamed, “What are you doing? He’s just a puppy!”
Lori says that the officer was not provoked.
The officer tells a different story. This is how he depicts the shooting in his own report:
At this time, I whistled at the dog and said “Come here pup” and the dog jumped off the deck and ran at me. I began backing away as fast as I could in a backward direction. I immediately noticed the dog was showing its teeth and I could hear the dog growling very loudly. I kicked at the dor in an attempt to put space between me and the dog and to get it to stop coming at me. I missed my first kick however the dog tried to bite my leg as I kicked it. I repeated this again kicking at the dog and again the dog tried to bite me. At this point the dog was within three feet of me and I was running in a backwards circular motion so as not to turn my back on the dog. At this time I pulled my service weapon and rapidly fired seven shots while backing away from the dog as quickly as I could. I believe I missed most of my shots, due to shooting while backing away however I did hit the dog at least twice. One shot in the back legs and once possibly in the mouth. The dog was no longer a threat to me and I holstered my weapon.
[The owner] came out of the residence and was screaming at me “You shot my fucking dog, good job mother fucker you did your job.”
I don’t understand this logic: antagonize and corner animals until they show aggression, attack the dog and further provoke it, and then — having exhausted all other options (except closing the gate or leaving or asking the owners or witnesses present for assistance) — executing the animal.
The existence of dog-murdering protocol allows this to continue, and allows officers to feel that such behavior is morally permissible. Please share this story to show them that it isn’t.
Responding to an accidental alarm, a police officer entered a home through an “unsecured door” (which, to me, sounds like he entered without permission). The officer claims that the dog charged at him, barking, and that — fearing for his life — he had to shoot the dog multiple times.
Just had to.
To defend this behavior, the police claimed that the owner’s sister alleged that the dog had bitten her in the past.
However, she told reporters, “I never claimed Luke bit me, cause Luke has never bit me.”
Cobb Police say that the officer followed policy and procedure and that their investigation is closed.
This follows the Threefold Pattern: (1) No legitimate reason for police officers to be present, (2) Claims which contradict witness testimony, and (3) Department claiming everything was done according to protocol. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the magic formula which allows you to murder a dog without consequence.
“[Jason Robershaw] heard a knock at the back door of his residence, followed by a bark, then finally a gunshot.” When he ran outside, he found an officer standing over Smokey, who was bleeding out of his mouth.
Robershaw said, “The officer had no right to come on my private property and shoot my dog, which was on a leash. The dog was doing what it’s supposed to do. It is the protector of this house. He was my best friend, so I don’t want this to go away quietly.”
The police officer was there to investigate a stolen ladder.
He had come to the wrong address.
The officer drew his gun and shot her down.
I don’t understand how, when I order delivery, it always arrives at my home, and not at some random strangers home on another block. How is it possible to be so bad at driving to an address?
An officer approached a man’s house to ask about “a car parked nearby with a license plate registered to a woman wanted on an arrest warrant.”
Kenny Schoff came outside with his dog, Rosco, to speak with the oficer. When Rosco began to bark, the officer immediately drew his gun and fired three shots.
In total, the puppy was shot six times: three on the porch, twice on the porch steps, and once in the head after the family asked he be put out of misery.
The officer said that the dog was attempting to bite him, and that, after he shot him three times, the dog continued to attack. This is why it required six bullets to kill a ten-month old dog.
As always: “The police department has cleared the officer of any wrongdoing, claiming he had no other option but to protect himself.”